firearm, the state shall issue it as long as you have no criminal record, no record of mental abuse or mental illness, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, just the standard prohibitors. >> reporter: 25 years later, there's another first. more than one million people have active concealed weapons permits. and like in the rest of the nation, gun sales here have spiked. gun dealers in december reported daily sales that matched a months worth of business. gun owner philip vause likes his states liberal laws, but doesn't want florida to be known as the gunshine state. >> i think it's an adultery to use that terminology, we are the sunshine state, we are not a gun state. let's take one place for instance, let's get off of florida for a minute, illinois, chicago, has the toughest gun laws in all 50 states.